Dr. Jim earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. After graduation Jim joined his father in veterinary practice in Fullerton, Nebraska, his wife Ann joined the practice following her graduation from the ISU Vet School in 1983. Ann and Jim started the Columbus Small Animal Hospital April 1, 1996.
Dr. Jim has a strong interest in small animal orthopedics and performs bone plating fracture repairs, Tightrope, SwiveLock, Corskrew and Fast Tak Anchor ACL repairs, Triple Pelvic Osteotomies to prevent hip dysplasia along with many other procedures. Dr. Jim also participates in general small animal veterinary practice.
Dr. Jim is the author of: A Gift From Rex: Guiding Children through Life and Loss published by Beaver's Pond Press in 2001. His articles have appeared in Veterinary Practice News, The Veterinary Business Journal Of The United Kingdom, Real Healthcare, AAHA Trends Magazine, Off Lead Magazine and Farm Progress Magazines. Jim is a frequent contributor to Veterinary Economics Magazine and is a member of the Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board.
Dr Jim is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, a Past President of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association and a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.
Jim has traveled widely as a professional speaker and is a professional member of the National Speakers Association. He has an interest in Blues music and especially Blues Harmonica playing and has produced a CD called the Big Dog Blues Review.
The Kramers are co-founders of The Lucille Burch Foundation For Animal Companions, a non-profit foundation that gives hope to troubled people through animals. The Kramers have two boys, Will and Dan along with an assortment of rescued animals.
Ann Kramer DVM, CVA
Dr. Ann earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1983 and became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida, in 2008.
Previously, she and her husband Dr. Jim owned and operated the Fullerton Veterinary Hospital in Fullerton, NE. In 1996, they purchased the Columbus Small Animal Hospital in Columbus, NE, where they continue to work and live.
Dr. Ann is an active member and was the first female president of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association in 2001. Her professional interests include veterinary acupuncture and small and exotic animal medicine and surgery.
Her personal interests include gardening, dancing, and art, and she is a member of Peace Lutheran Church. She and her husband have two sons, William and Daniel and enjoy the company of their many pets, furry and feathered.
Stephanie Wesely, DVM
Dr. Stephanie earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She has her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with honors from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1988. Stephanie was Associate veterinarian at A&M Veterinary Clinic in Columbus, NE from 1992 - 1997. She has been a partner in the Columbus Small Animal Hospital since June 1, 1997. Her professional interests include small animal and exotic animal medicine and surgery.
Angie – Client Care
Angie began working here in October 1999 as an animal care person. She then became a Veterinary Assistant, and is now one of our receptionists. Angie & her husband Barry share their home with several rescued pets. In her spare time, Angie likes to be with her family and spend time with her grandchildren.
Maya – Client Care
Maya began working here in November 2011 as our bi-lingual receptionist. She attended Central Community College here in Columbus and graduated on 2014 with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Technology Medical Office. In her spare time Maya enjoys spending time with her husband Ernesto. They are looking forward to their new arrival in February 2016. Maya loves to spend time with her family and friends.
Keshia began working here in April 2014 as a licensed Veterinary technician. She graduated from Northeast Community College in 2014. She has a dog, Pebbles and two cats, Kappy & Queso. In her spare time, Keshia enjoys playing sand volleyball and spending time with her family and friends.
Lance began working here in May 2014 as a Doctors Assistant/Animal Care. He enjoys working here and plans to keep it that way for a very long time. He lives in town and is willing to come in on his days off to help. He says: “I have one beautiful dog, her name is Ella. For fun I love doing anything outside, all sports, house work, working on my car and of course loving my work.”
Joe Jahn began working here in May 2015. He is an animal care taker who will graduate from Columbus High school in 2016. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, reading and volunteering for local organizations.
Mia began working here in May 2015 in animal care. She is attending Central Community College to major in music performance. She lives on a farm and has many cats. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her cats and reading.